In the final stretch of the consideration of the 2018 farm bill, the U.S. Senate yesterday passed the 2018 farm bill conference report on a vote of 87 to 13. The bipartisan five-year legislation encompasses a broad array of agriculture, nutrition, conservation and forestry policy.
Both Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford voted in favor of the bill. The House is expected to vote on the conference report today.
“We’re thankful for the support of Sen. Jim Inhofe and Sen. James Lankford in voting for the farm bill today,” Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel said following the Senate vote. “As the House also plans to vote on the legislation this week, we’re urging all of our members to call their congressman and urge a yes vote on the final bill. Time is of the essence, as farmers and ranchers need the assurance and certainty that comes with this critical piece of legislation as we close out the year.”
The Senate and House each passed differing versions of the farm bill earlier in the year, leading to a conference committee. House and Senate agriculture committee leaders announced a final deal on the bill on Nov. 29 before releasing the final conference report on Monday.
As the bill approaches its final vote in the U.S. House today, it’s important to urge your congressmen to vote yes! Find the contact information for your congressmen and senators on the OKFB website, or use the FB Action Alert system here.